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This week:
 
Parliament returns on October 13th after the conference season recess. On Monday MPs will be voting on a motion to recognise Palestinian statehood, which Kerry will be supporting. There will also be debates this week on devolution, the minimum wage, the NHS, cycling and the national pollinator strategy, as well as questions to the Home Office, the Deputy Prime Minister, DCMS and the Prime Minister, where Kerry is second on the Order Paper. 


Kerry will also be meeting students from St Brendan's Sixth Form College, who are visiting parliament. She will also be focusing on food waste/ food poverty this week: attending a breakfast/ launch of new report from Food Cycle, the food waste charity of which she has been patron for  a number of years; chairing a food waste event organised by the All Party Sustainable Resource Group; and meeting the "holiday hunger" campaign on food poverty during school holidays. Kerry will also be attending the AGM of the new Protect Our Waves All-Party Group, which has been set up with support from Surfers Against Sewage, as well as meetings with Christian Aid and Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Another meeting is with the Music Venue Trust, of which Kerry is also a patron; she has been working with them on trying to save small venues like Bristol's the Fleece.


In Bristol, Kerry will be joining campaigners against plans for a new drive-thru McDonalds, who are meeting to protest at 11am outside the old Tile Centre on Fishponds, which is the proposed site. She will also be on a panel at the Festival of Ideas, entitled "What has the Coalition Government Done for You?" with David Aaronovitch, Zoe Williams, and local MPs Charlotte Leslie and Stephen Williams. On the Sunday she will be speaking and answering questions at All Saints Church in Fishponds, as part of Christian Aid's Hunger for Justice campaign.


Your Opinion

Home Office figures released last month reveal that 470,000 people aged 16-59 used nitrous oxide in the past year, up 100,000 from 2013. The same study found that 7.6% of those aged 16-24 used nitrous oxide in the past year. What is your view on the growing recreational use of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)?



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15 October 2014
I’ve been contacted by a number of constituents who are concerned by the proposed McDonalds ‘drive-thru’ on Fishponds Road. I have today formally objected to the proposals, you can find my full objection below. However in short, the restaurant is too close to residential areas and three schools, the transport survey the planners have undertaken is flawed - it’s likely that the development will only increase already bad traffic and congestion and finally it will clearly lead to additional noise pollution, litter and unpleasant smells.
Parliament returns on October 13th after the conference season recess. On Monday MPs will be voting on a motion to recognise Palestinian statehood, which I will be supporting. There will also be debates this week on devolution, the minimum wage, the NHS, cycling and the national pollinator strategy, as well as questions to the Home Office, the Deputy Prime Minister, DCMS and the Prime Minister, where I am second on the Order Paper.
I am delighted that Scotland has voted to remain in the United Kingdom to stay with us as we fight for the NHS and against poverty and inequality - we are much stronger united than divided.
A joint statement about the recent crisis in Gaza has today been issued by all four Bristol MPs: myself, Dawn Primarolo, Stephen Williams and Charlotte Leslie. In it, we express our opposition to the Israeli incursion and recognise the importance of now providing humanitarian relief to those Palestinians affected by the conflict.
Unfortunately our office lines are down at the moment. Hopefully this will be resolved swiftly, in the meantime you can email email me on kerry.mccarthy.mp@parliament.uk or write to me at 326a Church Road, St George, Bristol, BS5 8AJ

Blog

Just by way of an update to Monday’s post… Another invite has arrived. WWF are the culprits again! PRASEG & WWF-UK Event – The economics of climate change policy: what are the overall costs and benefits of the UK meeting its carbon budgets?Wednesday 10 September 2014, 17:00 – 19:00, Committee Room 6, House of Commons […]
Just an update to yesterday’s post on mitochrondial disease. I have to say I was rather surprised to see Professor Robert Winston – now Lord Winston – cited in the motion, as he is usually a leading supporter of genetic research. I’ve now seen a Twitter exchange between him – @profrwinston – and Dr Sarah […]
Just before recess I was at a WWF event in Parliament on environmental issues, with rather a large panel of speakers – all male, all white and, with one exception, all middle-aged. I’ve now received an invite to another ‘green’ event, from the Aldersgate Group: a ‘Dragon’s Den’ type event on 11th September with the […]
Later today, after the PM’s statement and a general debate on hospital car parking charges, there will be a debate on “Mitochondrial replacement techniques and public safety”. Here’s a BBC report which explains very simply what it’s about – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28986843 – and an educational animated video narrated by none other than Bill Nighy http://www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk/animation/ Basically, […]
There’s a review starting on council ward boundaries in Bristol. Due to new housing being built in some areas and demographic changes, some wards are deemed to be far too big – this is particularly an issue in Cabot, Lawrence Hill and Ashley wards – while others are by comparison too small. This could be […]
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